Laure Manaudou, the 2004 Olympic champion whose success in the pool took a dive when she left coach Philippe Lucas after Melbourne 2007 world titles, has called time on her career – at least for the 2008-2009 season. The swimmer announced in France this morning that she will not race again this year and is taking time out to consider her future.
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Manaudou’s agent and lawyer, Didier Poulmaire, has just issued the following statement: “Laure Manaudou has decided to call a halt to her 2008-2009 season and take a break from training as an elite athlete. She will therefore not compete at forthcoming competitions, domestic or international, in the 2008-2009 season.”